Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer (AFP Photo)

Former West Indies coach Stuart Law has tipped Shimron Hetmyer for greatness provided he reins himself in and gets a hang of the tempo of the different formats.

While the 22-year-old left-handed batsman has shown glimpses of his capability since making his Test debut in April 2017. More recently, he left quite an impression when he struck 81 against England in the first Test in Bridgetown.

A hundred still eludes him in the longest format but he has made three of those in ODIs. In 12 Tests so far, he has 727 runs at 31.60 with five fifties.

Law left his role with the West Indies last December following the tour of Bangladesh to take up a position with English county Middlesex. “He [Hetmyer] could be a once-in-a-generation cricketer,” Law was quoted as saying by Wisden.com on Thursday. “If he understands tempos in different formats of the game – he’s got one-day cricket now, he’s started to work that out – T20 cricket he’s not quite understanding, and Test cricket, he’s getting better. The more he plays, the better he’ll get.”

Law said Hetmyer has learned to be patient and that will only make him better to watch. “He’s one, when I was with the West Indies, we said: ‘You’ve got to persist with him. If we persist with him, he will learn. He will understand that you can’t just go out and try and hit Trent Boult back over his head for six every second ball.’ That’s what he tried to do when we were in New Zealand. He now knows that you’ve got treat them with a little respect before you cash in at the end of the day. Once he learns that, he’s going to be great to watch.”

The Australian also revealed how Hetmyer has his own way of practicing and dealing with things. “He’s a stubborn young man. I don’t mind that. I don’t mind him saying, ‘No, I’ll do it my way.’ It’s good but then he has to find a way and he’s totally accountable for his career and his choices. I don’t mind that in a player,” Law said.